Our Full-time, Four-year program is designed for students interested in beginning a career in child and youth care, while our Direct Entry programs support experienced child and youth care workers to advance their careers.
Child and youth care practitioners often work with young people confronting mental health challenges, addictions, trauma, family problems, identity crises and/or abuse, neglect or abandonment.
The profession is uniquely focused on being with young people where their lives unfold, and on using everyday moments to join them in a journey of healing, self discovery and healthy relationships.
They practice in many different settings, including:
- Residential care and treatment programs
- Hospital-based eating disorder clinics
- Psychiatric units or substance use programs
- Community-based programs
- Street outreach
- Foster care
- In-home family support programs
Increasingly, experienced child and youth care practitioners engage in research, policy development and advocacy.